Department of Performing and Visual Arts
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Associate Professors: F. Bradley (Chair), M. El Lozy
Assistant Professors: E. Grischkat, T. McCormick, P. Mitri
The Department of Performing and Visual Arts offers both a bachelor's degree and a minor in theatre. The curriculum balances hands-on, practical theatre experience through involvement in mainstage and black box performances, along with a solid foundation in the literature, history, and theory of theatre. The program offers a generalist approach to theatre study, while providing students an opportunity to explore deeper involvement in one of four areas of emphasis: performance, directing, design, and critical study. Interaction between the various artistic disciplines is promoted. The program integrates non-Western, especially the Arabic/Egyptian, contributions to the art of theatre.
The department offers a season of four to six full-length plays, at least one of which is an Arabic/Egyptian play, in the 200-seat Wallace Theatre. The department also supports an active student-produced theatre group, the Howard Cafe, which performs in the Howard Black Box Theatre. The department encourages the creation of new plays through its annual " Famous for Fifteen Minutes New Play Festival," the winning entry receiving the prestigious Mohammad Salmawy Prize. Students who participate in performances receive course credit ranging from one to three hours. ( THTR 240, 340, 440), depending on extent of involvement.
Bachelor of Arts
The curriculum provides a generalist approach within a liberal arts tradition. Theatre majors follow a program of studio courses (acting, directing, movement, voice and design), a program of courses in dramatic literature and theatre history, and they play an active and creative part in the department's productions. The program is flexible enough to allow for a certain measure of emphasis in areas of theatre of particular interest to the student.
A total of 120 credits is required for the bachelor's degree in theatre.
Core Curriculum (40 credits)
Concentration Requirements (49-54 credits)